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15 Day Northern Spain & Portugal Premium Small Group Tour

15 Day Northern Spain & Portugal Premium Small Group Tour

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
3,265 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Incredible sightseeing including guided visits in Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon and Mérida 
✓ Small, intimate group experience - no more than 24 people 
✓ Embark on a picturesque cruise along the Douro River and Aveiro’s canals 
✓ Entry fees to Mérida’s Roman Theatre
✓ Immerse yourself in the emotive sounds of Portugal's traditional Fado music
✓ Participate in delicious wine tasting experiences 
✓ 14 nights in centrally located, 4 & 5-star premium accommodation 
Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
✓ Travel in comfort with luxury coach transportation
✓ Benefit from the expertise of an English-speaking Tour Director throughout the journey

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Barceló Torre de Madrid or Similar

Welcome to Spain! 

In the evening, gather at the hotel's Reception Desk, where you will have the pleasure of meeting your Tour Director for a welcome meeting. This meeting is not only an opportunity to become acquainted with your fellow travellers but also a chance for your Tour Director to provide you with all the pertinent information about the city and to outline the schedule for the upcoming day, setting the stage for your exciting adventure ahead.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, allowing you to explore, relax, or simply soak in the atmosphere of your new surroundings as you embark on your journey.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

 

Hotel
Barceló Torre de Madrid or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a morning city discovery tour of one of the most thrilling cities in the world, Madrid. Explore the city's highlights and immerse yourself in the passion that is deeply woven into its cultural DNA.

The afternoon is yours to savour at leisure, providing the opportunity to further explore the wonders that Madrid has to offer. You can continue your exploration of the city's vibrant streets, visit additional attractions, or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

As the early evening approaches, come together with your fellow travellers for an authentic Welcome Tapas Dinner at a local restaurant. It's a delightful way to embrace the culinary traditions of Spain and share the excitement of the journey with your newfound companions.

Hotel
Barceló Nervión or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you'll depart for the enchanting Northern Spanish territories, with your first destination being Laguardia, nestled in the heart of La Rioja, one of Spain's most famous wine regions. La Rioja is renowned internationally for its exceptional wines, and among its picturesque vineyards, you will have the privilege of visiting a traditional and family-run wine cellar. Here, you'll have the opportunity to savour the world-famous Rioja Reds and enjoy a light lunch featuring local products.

Following your delightful wine tasting and lunch experience, your journey continues to Bilbao, where you'll have some free time at your leisure. Bilbao is a city brimming with culture, art, and architectural wonders, making it an ideal place to explore and soak in the local atmosphere. Whether you choose to visit museums, stroll along the riverfront, or indulge in local cuisine, Bilbao offers a diverse array of experiences to enjoy during your free time.

Hotel
Barceló Nervión or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today's adventure begins with a guided exploration of Bilbao, led by your knowledgeable local guide. The city's most iconic landmark is the Guggenheim Museum, a true masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry and adorned with a titanium-clad exterior. As you explore the museum and its surrounding area, you'll have the opportunity to admire this marvel of modern architecture. You'll then have some leisure time to explore the esplanade where the Guggenheim Museum is located. This offers a chance to further appreciate the striking modern design of the building and soak in the surrounding ambiance.

Continuing your journey, you'll head to San Sebastian, renowned as one of Europe's most famous and elegant destinations. Here, you'll enjoy a traditional Pintxos lunch at the Taverns in the old town, savouring the delectable flavours of this Basque culinary tradition. San Sebastian's old town offers a wealth of delights to discover during your leisure time, including its extraordinary landscape dominated by the bay and the magnificent La Concha beach.

Hotel
Gran Hotel España or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Get ready to embark on a journey to the Northern mountains and Atlantic sandy beaches of Spain! Your first destination is Santillana del Mar, a town of great historical and artistic significance in Spain. It boasts architectural treasures like the Collegiate of Santa Ana, a shining example of Romanesque architecture in Cantabria.

Next, you'll continue your adventure to Covadonga, where you'll have some free time to explore the Sanctuary and the Grotto. Here, you'll have the chance to witness the veneration of Our Lady of Covadonga, the patroness of Asturias.

In the afternoon, you'll depart for Oviedo, a city nestled on a series of picturesque hills. Oviedo is known for its stunning Saint Maria de Naranco Church, a masterpiece of pre-Romanesque Asturian architecture. You'll have some free time to wander through Oviedo, with many of its streets being pedestrian-friendly. While exploring, keep an eye out for World Heritage sites like The Cathedral, an exquisite example of Gothic Asturian architecture.

Hotel
Nh Collection Santiago or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your journey now takes you towards the captivating landscapes of Galicia. On your way to Lugo, you'll make a brief stop in Mondoñedo, where you'll have some leisure time to explore this charming town. Be sure to visit the 13th-century Cathedral, a remarkable historical gem, and savour the delightful "Mondoñedo's cake", a local delicacy.

Continuing on your route, you'll arrive in Lugo, where you can take a leisurely stroll to explore the Roman ruins that still stand, including its renowned city walls. These ancient walls have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, attesting to their historical and cultural significance.

Finally, you'll approach the sacred land of Santiago de Compostela, a city of immense importance for Christian pilgrimages in Spain. Santiago de Compostela serves as the final destination of the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route established during the Roman Empire. The city itself has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it stands as a testament to centuries of religious and historical significance.

Hotel
Nh Collection Santiago or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Embark on a leisurely stroll through the old cobblestone streets of Santiago de Compostela, immersing yourself in the city's rich historical beauty. As you wander through its charming streets, you'll have the opportunity to capture the essence of this historic city and soak in its unique atmosphere.

Make your way to Obradoiro Square, where you can't help but feel the passion that permeates the air. This square is a central gathering place and a hub of activity in Santiago de Compostela. One of the most iconic landmarks in the city is the Cathedral, dedicated to the Apostle Santiago (St. James). While entrance to the Cathedral is not included, you can still marvel at its magnificent exterior, which is a stunning example of Romanesque and Baroque architecture.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may choose to explore more of the city, visit museums, savour local cuisine, or simply relax and reflect on the spiritual and historical significance of Santiago de Compostela.

Hotel
Catalonia Plaza Mayor or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Your journey now takes you to the historic and culturally rich city of Salamanca, known as a renowned University City. Upon your arrival, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a city tour that explores the many facets of this World Heritage-listed destination.

Salamanca's historic centre is adorned with architectural and artistic treasures, and it is home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain. As you explore the city, you will discover the remarkable wealth of architecture and art that graces its streets. The University of Salamanca itself is a celebrated institution with a long and storied history.

Your tour will offer insights into Salamanca's cultural and academic significance, taking you to key landmarks and allowing you to immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of this historic University City. It's a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the city's heritage and contributions to academia and culture.

Hotel
Catalonia Porto or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

As you bid farewell to Spain, you'll be embarking on a journey to explore the landscapes of Portugal.

Your first stop will be in Pinhão, a picturesque town situated on the banks of the Douro River, renowned for its century-old wine cellars. Here, you'll have the opportunity to taste the exquisite wines produced in this region, all while taking in the stunning vineyard views. Following the tasting experience, you'll indulge in a delightful lunch featuring local products.

Continuing your journey, you'll head to Porto. Situated along the estuary of the Douro River in Northern Portugal, Porto is not only one of the oldest European cities but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. This historic city offers a treasure trove of cultural and architectural wonders, inviting you to explore its rich heritage and vibrant atmosphere.

Hotel
Catalonia Porto or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Embrace the refreshing breeze of the Douro River as you set out to explore the charming city of Porto. During your visit, you'll have the opportunity to admire some of its most notable landmarks, including the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange building, and the Santa Clara church. These architectural wonders offer a glimpse into Porto's rich history and cultural heritage.

Following your exploration of the city, you'll embark on a delightful Douro River Cruise, allowing you to take in the scenic beauty of the river and the surrounding landscapes from a unique perspective.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. You may choose to continue your exploration of Porto, visit museums, savour Portuguese cuisine, or simply relax and soak in the ambiance of this enchanting city.

Hotel
Coimbra Aeminium or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Depart for Aveiro, often referred to as "The Portuguese Venice" due to its picturesque canals and charming waterways. Upon your arrival, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a scenic cruise along these beautiful canals aboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. This cruise promises to provide a unique and delightful perspective of Aveiro's captivating surroundings.

After your canal cruise, you'll have leisure time to explore Aveiro further. Be sure to wander through the town, explore the historic Beira Mar neighbourhood, and visit the Aveiro Fish Market, all of which contribute to the town's distinctive character.

Continuing on your route, you'll journey to Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and regarded as the birthplace of Fado, Portugal's soulful musical genre. During your time in Coimbra, you'll have the freedom to explore at your leisure, taking in the city's rich history and cultural significance. It's a chance to delve into the traditions and heritage of this remarkable university town.

Hotel
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today's journey will take you through a series of small historical towns, each with its unique charm. Despite the number of stops, the distances are short, allowing you to enjoy each destination fully.

Your first stop will be at the Tomar Monastery, a magnificent example of Gothic and Manueline architecture. This masterpiece is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site and promises to be a highlight of your journey.

Continuing your exploration, you'll arrive at the picturesque fishing town of Nazaré, where you'll have leisure time to soak in the coastal beauty and perhaps enjoy some local seafood.

Your next destination is Obidos, a stunning example of a Portuguese medieval walled town. Here, you can take your time to wander through the narrow streets, admire the well-preserved architecture, and savour the town's historic ambiance.

Finally, you'll arrive in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where you'll have the opportunity to experience the vibrant culture, rich history, and unique charm of this remarkable city.

Hotel
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Lisbon, spread across seven picturesque hills and renowned for its decorative arts, stands as one of Europe's most famous capitals. Your day in this vibrant city begins with a morning city sightseeing tour, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the ancient Olissipo. The tour will take you through Lisbon's main squares and avenues, allowing you to admire prominent landmarks such as the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, and Liberty Avenue. These sites provide a glimpse into the city's rich history and architectural splendour.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure, offering a chance to discover the nostalgic corners of the Alfama Quarter. This historic district, nestled next to the Castle, is characterised by its old buildings, narrow winding streets ("Ruas"), and vibrant colours. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of Lisbon, with charming taverns and genuine local experiences.

As the early evening approaches, come together with your fellow travellers to savour a typical Portuguese dinner. This special dining experience will take you to one of the oldest Fado venues in the city, where you can enjoy the soulful sounds of Fado music while indulging in delicious Portuguese cuisine. It's a memorable way to conclude your journey in Lisbon, surrounded by culture, music, and great company.

Hotel
Barceló Torre de Madrid or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

As you bid farewell to Lisbon and Portugal, your journey takes you back to Spain. Your first stop on this return journey will be Mérida, the capital of the ancient Lusitania Roman Province. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the rich historical heritage and Roman ruins that grace this city, providing insights into its fascinating past.

Continuing on your route, you'll make your way back to Madrid, the eternal and beloved capital of Spain. This is where your adventure began, and it's fitting that it's also the place where it will conclude.

In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a final Farewell dinner in Madrid. It's a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your journey, share stories and memories, and savour the flavours of Spanish cuisine one last time before concluding your remarkable adventure.

Meals
Breakfast

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, your journey comes to an end. It's time to bid farewell to the enchanting destinations you've explored and carry with you the memories of your remarkable journey.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Small, intimate group experience - no more than 24 people
  • Fully escorted throughout with a certified English speaking Tour Director 
  • 14 nights in 4 to 5-star accommodation throughout 
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca, Porto, Lisbon and Mérida 
  • Included excursions such as a cruise on the Douro River, Aveiro’s canals and Mérida’s Roman Theatre 
  • Travel in comfort with luxury coach transportation
  • Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

  • Madrid - Join a city discovery tour of one of the most thrilling cities in the world. 
  • La Rioja - Savour the world-famous Rioja Reds and enjoy a light lunch featuring local products.
  • Bilbao - Explore the Guggenheim Museum, a true masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry and adorned with a titanium-clad exterior.
  • Oviedo - Marvel at Saint Maria de Naranco Church, a masterpiece of pre-Romanesque Asturian architecture.
  • Santiago de Compostela - Gaze upon the Cathedral dedicated to the Apostle Santiago (St. James). 
  • Salamanca - Wander the historic centre, adorned with architectural and artistic treasures, and  home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain.
  • Porto - Embark on a delightful Douro River Cruise, allowing you to take in the scenic beauty of the river and the surrounding landscapes from a unique perspective.
  • Coimbra - Walk through the birthplace of Fado, Portugal's soulful musical genre.
  • Lisbon - Admire prominent landmarks such as the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoverers, Marquis of Pombal Square, and Liberty Avenue.

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.
 
Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances.

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $2,410.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 24

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Please note: groups under 8-10 passengers will be operated with an English-speaking driver-guide.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

  • International airfares 
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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